Donation-A curse?

There are two ways to tackle CO2 emissions 1) Awareness 2) Economics
1) I have chosen awareness because there is a lot of strength in this solution if it comes from the common man’s heart and mind. This is also behavior related hence long term solution. Just like defensive driving.
2) Economic solution is hard to implement cause our behavior does not change, but ways to get around economic enforcement increases. (tax evasion, black market, etc)

Emissions today are counted as energy consumed in the country itself and hence defines its responsibilities. But when developed nations outsource work to developing nations for goods and services, the energy that is burnt in developing nations is not counted, though goods and services are used in developed nations.

In all the news papers and articles, everyone is attributing the high demand of energy in developing nations to its population. This is just ridiculous. The real demand is increasing in developed nations also, though it’s not visible to common man in developed nation, as they see the solar panels and wind farms in the country, so they feel they are being responsible citizens. They also feel sorry for the developing nations and they donate lots of money in aids to developing nations to buy food and healthcare.

Every time, I see news of people queuing outside apple stores to buy the latest apple i-phones or i-pads (discarding the old ones), i just wonder if we can ever achieve equality for all human beings. The old i-phone or i-pad for example also consumed a lot of energy in the whole process of manufacturing and transport and advertisements, etc.. which goes into trash or on second hand market, where again it is transported, advertised, etc to reach another user who discards his old phone or buys his first phone. We are wasting so much energy.

I believe in the approach of awareness. Only by making people aware that due to their demands in life, the energy price is going up, which makes food so costly that more and more people cannot afford it. If we want to really help the developing nations to rise and be healthy, the developed nations need to make smart choices and not donate money.
It is by awareness that we will be accountable and the real solution always comes from within.

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Stress FREE life!

1) When we drive a car and know it takes 30 mins to reach office but we ambitiously want to reach in 20 mins. Outcomes?? We drive fast, we take shortcuts, we dont enjoy the ride, we get STRESSED.

2) When we eat a burger and know it will increase 500calories but we ambitiously want to still eat it removing the mayonaise. Outcomes??? We gain weight, we lose self control, we feel guilty, we get STRESSED.

Similarly,

3) When we work or think about promotion, we know it takes few years to get one, but we ambitiously want to finish the project faster or get promoted earlier. Outcomes??? We work late nights, we become agressive, we take shortcuts, we use more of our MOUTH than BRAIN, We get STRESSED.

My conclusion:

We were born in 9 months (average), walked in some xx months, talked properly in another xx months. All this took TIME and TIME is what we need to give ourselves. Lets live and do things with time and at the right time (Even apologise on time) and life is Stress FREE. :)

Blame the Chinese or Hate the Indians??

 

Recently I attended a Young Energy Delta Convention in Groningen, Netherlands (November 2012). A representative from IEA (International Energy Agency) was presenting the World energy outlook for 2012 and interpreted the slide below.

Figure 1: IEA slide (number 9/17) from World Energy Outlook 2012

 (Source:http://www.slideshare.net/internationalenergyagency/world-energy-outlook-2012-presentation-to-press?ref=http://www.worldenergyoutlook.org/#btnNext)

The IEA representative pointed out that this high demand of power in countries like China and India are due to growth in population in these countries. Is this view from the IEA correct? What is the problem with this view? What is IEA misrepresenting here?

Let us first ask ourselves a basic question?

1)    Why do these countries (India and China) need so much energy?

Popular GUESS made by most of us: These countries are highly populated. Let’s check!

Figure 2: World population in millions (Source: http://www.indexmundi.com/map/
Original Source: (
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/)

Ok, so we do not argue that China and India are the most populated countries in the world. But there is negligible statistical data available to show the number of people in India that have access to electricity. (See below)

Figure 3: Access to electricity % of population (Source: http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/EG.ELC.ACCS.ZS)

In 2009, a meager 66% of the population of India had access to electricity. What does this mean? It means nearly half of the population is not even using electricity. So where is this energy used? Do we believe that people who cannot afford to have electricity go shopping everyday to buy clothes, mobiles, cars, houses, etc?

Ok I know everyone likes statistics or numbers to back the above statement. So let us see what we have as statistics.  It will not be fair to say that India is poor because the government has a lot of money. But it will be fair to say that the majority of Indians do not have money.

Let us see, what the definition of poverty in India is? (See Figure 4)

Figure 4: Definition of Poverty Line per month basis. (Source) Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, India 

(Source: http://socialjustice.nic.in/socialg0405.php)

A person earning more than 6 Euros/MONTH in rural areas and 9 Euros/MONTH in urban areas is considered above poverty line. The number of people above poverty line is always a debate. (See below)

Figure 5: Poverty line numbers per day basis. Source: Guardian, UK

(Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/oct/04/india-measuring-poverty-line)

So what is happening here? There is nearly 50 % of the population in India that is below poverty line. Do we still believe that this remaining 50% population of India is using so much energy?

If I ask the same question again, “Why do countries like China and India need so much energy?”

MY GUESS: These countries (India and China) are working for the world like secretaries. Wondering what does this mean?

  1. Clothes, accessories, shoes, socks
  2. Biggest raw material like steel, mobile, computer, packaging, spare-part
  3. Medical equipment, etc are all manufactured in these countries.

The list is very big to mention all and is freely available all over internet to those curious.

If you heard the US presidential candidates debating for the 2012 elections, both the candidates mentioned that they want to bring the manufacturing jobs back to their countries. What does this mean? Most of the manufacturing is done in developing countries like China and India. What does this imply? It implies that the need of people in US/Europe is now satisfied indirectly through developing countries.

The developing countries are importing humongous amounts of energy from Middle East to manufacture goods that are used in Europe and American continent. So who is the end user of this energy, the developed nations or developing nations?

Till now we have only talked about the goods being exported through developing countries. What about services? The call centres based in the developing countries are providing affordable services to the developed nations. The electricity used in the process is also used for the developed nations not for the developing countries.

China and India have recently become very high CO2 emitters in the world. Definitely if it is using so much energy, then they must be emitting CO2 too. But for a moment let us ignore that this energy is used for local use or international goods and services).

But, if we just see the total CO2 emissions, we will definitely draw a conclusion that India and China are emitting the most CO2. But let us see the CO2 emissions per capita i.e. how much CO2 emission is emitted per person in the country?

The statistics below are in metric tons of CO2 per capita. This will give us a clear picture who is overusing the resources and who needs to improve their behaviors?

Figure 6: CO2 emissions in metric tons per capita in US

(Source: http://www.tradingeconomics.com/)

 

Figure 7: CO2 emissions in metric tons per capita in CHINA

(Source: http://www.tradingeconomics.com/)

Figure 8: CO2 emissions in metric tons per capita in INDIA

(Source: http://www.tradingeconomics.com/)

We already saw in figure 2 that the population difference in US and India/China is many folds.

In 2008 (the peak of economic prosperity in the world), every US person was responsible for nearly 18 metric tons of CO2 emissions and on the other hand, the Chinese person was responsible for 5 metric tons and every Indian was responsible for 1.5 metric tons of CO2 emissions. I am sure many of you experienced eureka moment, after these statistics and can clearly link to why US President Barrack Obama talks about efficient cars in US.

Conclusion: Just because your baby is born through a surrogate mother, does not mean it’s not your baby. Similarly if the energy is used in developing nations for demand of goods and services in developed nations, does not mean developed nations are not responsible for it.

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http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/I_want_to_change_habits/?cZcVMdb

Thank you!